Policies and Disclosures

Who I Am

I am Chris Wiegman, a software engineer, blogger, teacher and more based out of the United States.

My website address is: https://chriswiegman.com.

My Mailing address is:
312 W. 2nd St #1372
Casper, WY 82601

Privacy Policy

As I host on WP Engine, they keep server logs themselves. I have no access to or ability to control the data they retain. Click here for WP Engine’s privacy policy.

All contact form submissions and comments are passed through Automattic’s Akismet service to check for spam. You can find Akismet’s privacy policy here. Data sent to this service may include IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the form such as their name, username, email address, and the comment or message itself).

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

When visitors leave comments on the site I collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

If you would rather comment elsewhere, please feel free to find me on MastodonTwitter or elsewhere to continue the conversation.

Jetpack

I use Automattic’s Jetpack plugin for features such as security and handling email subscriptions. You can find the full privacy policy for Jetpack here. Below are the policies for the various modules I have activated:

Contact Form

I use Jetpack’s contact form module for all contact forms on the site. For each form I collect the data in the form submission which may include email address, name and any other personal or other information submitted. Your IP address is collected by the form and all form submissions are deleted not more than 30 days after they are submitted.

Data Used: If Akismet is enabled on the site, the contact form submission data — IP address, user agent, name, email address, website, and message — is submitted to the Akismet service (also owned by Automattic) for the sole purpose of spam checking. The actual submission data is stored in the database of the site on which it was submitted and is emailed directly to the owner of the form (i.e. the site author who published the page on which the contact form resides). This email will include the submitter’s IP address, timestamp, name, email address, website, and message.

Data Synced (?): Post and post meta data associated with a user’s contact form submission. If Akismet is enabled on the site, the IP address and user agent originally submitted with the comment are synced, as well, as they are stored in post meta.

WordPress.com Stats

I use Jetpack’s stats module to keep track of where users are coming from and what they’re reading on my site. Jetpack’s status plugin tracks posts and page views, outbound like clicks, referrers and other general stats. It does this by collecting visitor IP addresses which are kept by Automattic for 28 days for the sole purpose of powering the site stats.

Data Used: IP address, WordPress.com user ID (if logged in), WordPress.com username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code. Important:The site owner does not have access to any of this information via this feature. For example, a site owner can see that a specific post has 285 views, but he/she cannot see which specific users/accounts viewed that post. Stats logs — containing visitor IP addresses and WordPress.com usernames (if available) — are retained by Automattic for 28 days and are used for the sole purpose of powering this feature.

Activity Tracked: Post and page views, video plays (if videos are hosted by WordPress.com), outbound link clicks, referring URLs and search engine terms, and country. When this module is enabled, Jetpack also tracks performance on each page load that includes the JavaScript file used for tracking stats. This is exclusively for aggregate performance tracking across Jetpack sites in order to make sure that our plugin and code is not causing performance issues. This includes the tracking of page load times and resource loading duration (image files, JavaScript files, CSS files, etc.). The site owner has the ability to force this feature to honor DNT settings of visitors. By default, DNT is currently not honored.

Protect

Data Used: In order to check login activity and potentially block fraudulent attempts, the following information is used: attempting user’s IP address, attempting user’s email address/username (i.e. according to the value they were attempting to use during the login process), and all IP-related HTTP headers attached to the attempting user.

Activity Tracked: Failed login attempts (these include IP address and user agent). We also set a cookie (jpp_math_pass) for 1 day to remember if/when a user has successfully completed a math captcha to prove that they’re a real human. Learn more about this cookie.

Data Synced: Failed login attempts, which contain the user’s IP address, attempted username or email address, and user agent information.

Subscriptions

Data Used: To initiate and process subscriptions, the following information is used: subscriber’s email address and the ID of the post or comment (depending on the specific subscription being processed). In the event of a new subscription being initiated, we also collect some basic server data, including all of the subscribing user’s HTTP request headers, the IP address from which the subscribing user is viewing the page, and the URI which was given in order to access the page (REQUEST_URI and DOCUMENT_URI). This server data used for the exclusive purpose of monitoring and preventing abuse and spam.

Activity Tracked: Functionality cookies are set for a duration of 347 days to remember a visitor’s blog and post subscription choices if, in fact, they have an active subscription.

Cookie Policies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

How long I retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

If you use my contact form the data from the form is retained for 30 days on this site and then deleted. I also delete all emails sent to me using this form after 30 days.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments or used my contact form, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data that I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. You may use the contact form to contact me about retrieving any data I have stored.

Content Policies

All content on ChrisWiegman.com is derived from my own opinion and experience. These opinions and experiences are neither endorsed by nor reflect the policies or opinions of any company or organizations at which I am either employed at or otherwise affiliated with.

All written content on ChrisWiegman.com is licensed under the Creative Commons License. Feel free to use any of it in accordance with the license. Images may be licensed under various licenses covered by the site from which I purchased them. See my image credits below for more details.

Income Disclosures

I may participate in affiliate programs. Some links on this site are displayed as part of affiliate programs for which I am compensated should a click on the link result in a purchase of the product or service in question. Note that I only use affiliate programs for products and services I currently use or have used myself and can recommend to the public in good faith. Your mileage may vary.

Guest Posting Policy

Sorry, this is my personal site. I do not accept guest posts.

Image Credits

Images on this site come from a few sources. Primarily I use DreamstimeDepositphotos and iStock Photo where I either pay for the rights to use many of the images on this site or utilize images provided for free with the appropriate license. In other cases, particularly in product reviews, I use logos for products and organizations found on their websites and used under Fair Use.

If you find an image on this site that you feel shouldn’t be here please contact me and I will take care of it.

Note that images are not necessarily covered under the same license as the text content on this site. Please see the links to the image services above to determine the rights for any given image.

Prior to March 30th, 2021 many images on the site came from Unsplash as well. I stopped using new images from Unsplash when it was announced that Unsplash was purchased by Getty Images.

Contact Me

If you have questions about any of the policies on this page your may use my contact page to inquire further.